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A Dutch friend of mine tried to talk me into trying jenever. To no avail. I still have bad memories of gin - the sort of memories that involve the debilitating headache forcing one to question the nature of life and existence, while parched as fuck and about to vomit.
So, imagine my surprise, when today I was woken up by a call from a UPS delivery guy, and picked up a parcel from my friend, containing...a bottle of jenever.
Well, it isn't exactly jenever. It's korenwijn, a variety of jenever. In fact, it's supposedly a lot like the most abundant form of jenever some two-three centuries ago.
Frankly, I expected nothing more than something along the lines of a more tolerable gin. Oh, how fucking wrong I was...
This thing is great. Because korenwijn has to have at least 51% of malt wine content, it's a lot like whisky. The taste is really similar to a mellow Scotch, but at the same time, it's so very different. It has a lower voltage than the usual whisky - 38%, versus 45 to 50% in whisky and bourbon.
It is also far sweeter, and the juniper definitely can be felt over a woody and fruity background. Before having it on the rocks, I had one glass neat. Frankly, it works neat and on the rocks alike.
The best part? Korenwijn isn't expensive. Some of the best stuff out there - and from what I hear, the korenwijn by the Zuidam distillery, just what I've got, is among the best of korenwijn - is priced lower than the cheapest Chivas Regal.
And we're not talking of mass production - we're talking local produce, small-batch stuff. Yeah, the markings on the bottle that look written by hand...actually were.
So, if you're looking for something new to try among the whiskies and whisky-ish stuff, korenwijn's yer friend.
Mr. Bloke, out.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Star Trek: The Next Generation